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Oct 29, 2015
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Prayers, piercing, purity at Phuket vegetarian festival | The Wider Image

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(A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with spikes pierced through his cheeks during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

During the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, devotees from the local Chinese community have their faces pierced or walk over hot coals at local shrines in the name of purification.

Oct 29, 2015
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Polish vote marks resurgence of conservative Catholic values

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(Pilgrims celebrate the canonisation of Pope John Paul II near the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Filip Klimaszewski)

Church attendance may be falling in Poland as elsewhere across Europe, but the victory of conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party in Sunday’s election will likely advance the role of Roman Catholic values in public life and government.

Sep 23, 2015
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At White House, Pope Francis focuses on environment, poverty and migrants

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(U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world’s richest nation.

Sep 22, 2015

With refugees, German Muslim minority could be Europe’s largest

BERLIN (Reuters) – When the flood of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe finally ebbs and asylum-seekers settle down in their new homes, Germany could unexpectedly find itself housing the continent’s largest Muslim minority.

The arrival of so many Syrians fleeing their country’s brutal civil war is bound to change the face of Islam in Germany, which until now has been dominated by the Turks who first came as so-called “guest workers” in the 1960s.

Sep 22, 2015
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With refugees, Germany’s Muslim minority could become Europe’s largest

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(Migrants rest at an improvised temporary shelter in a sports hall in Hanau, Germany September 22, 2015. When the flood of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe finally ebbs and asylum-seekers settle down in their new homes, Germany could unexpectedly find itself housing the continent’s largest Muslim minority. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

When the flood of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe finally ebbs and asylum-seekers settle down in their new homes, Germany could unexpectedly find itself housing the continent’s largest Muslim minority.

Sep 12, 2015
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At least 107 killed by falling crane at Grand Mosque in Mecca

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(Muslim pilgrims walk near a construction crane which crashed in the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity)

At least 107 people were killed when a crane toppled over at Mecca’s Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence authority said, less than two weeks before Islam’s annual haj pilgrimage.

Jul 31, 2015
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Taliban leader Mullah Omar – a pious Afghan enigma

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(Mullah Omar of Afghanistan’s Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image.  REUTERS/National Counterterrorism Center)

There are no clear photographs in existence of the tall, one-eyed leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents, and only a handful of foreigners have seen him.

May 6, 2015
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German Catholic Church opens labour law more to divorced and gays

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(CURA Catholic hospital in Bad Honnef, Germany, February 2014/Leit)

Germany’s Roman Catholic Church, an influential voice for reforms prompted by Pope Francis, has decided lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs.

Catholic bishops have voted to adjust Church labour law “to the multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society” so employee lifestyles should not affect their status in the country’s many Catholic schools, hospitals and social services.

May 5, 2015
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China protests against U.S. report citing “severe violations” of religious freedom

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(Chinese police usher people onto a bus at the site of a planned outdoor service by the Shouwang Church at the Zhongguancun commercial district in Beijing in this still image from April 10, 2011 video. Hundreds of Chinese police scrambled to prevent a planned outdoor service by the “homeless” church. REUTERS/Reuters TV)

China has lodged a protest with the United States after a U.S. government commission said Chinese violations of religious freedom were “severe” and “systematic”, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Apr 5, 2015
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Prayers were no defense as Kenya gunmen sought out non-Muslims

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(A man looks through a window of Garissa morgue at bodies of suspected Garissa University College attackers, April 4, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

The mistake they made was to pray to Jesus.

An eyewitness of the deadly assault by Somali Islamist militants on a Kenyan university spoke on Friday of three female students he saw executed as they begged for mercy.